Kalikho Pul's suicide note: Former Arunachal CM's widow petitions Vice-President Hamid Ansari demanding probe
Former CM's wife was accompanied by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, his Swaraj Abhiyan colleagur Yogendra Yadav, activist Harsh Mander and RTI campaigner Anjali Bhardwaj
On a new turn of events in Arunachal Pradesh's former chief minister Kalikho Pul's suicide, his widow Dangwimsai Pul met Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday asking to register a FIR and to start an investigation into allegations of corruption against Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar and sitting Supreme Court judge Dipak Mishra.
Dangwisam said in her memorandum that since the matter involves the CJI and a sitting judge, the allegations should be "seriously investigated by a credible investigation team", or a Special Investigation Team but not by a government-controlled body. She also argued that the composition of the SIT should be left to 3-5 judges, next in seniority to Justice Khehar and Justice Mishra. The 60-page suicide note of Pul, who took his life last year in his official residence in Itanagar, allegedly had details of several allegations of corruption against several politicians and judges, as also against President Pranab Mukherjee.
According to Pul's diary named "Mere Vichar", former chief minister blamed corruption among Congress leaders of Arunachal Pradesh and the judiciary that ousted him for his suicide. Adding that her husband was under depression after his sacking as CM and that "Mere Vichar" actually was his suicide note, Dangwimsai told the vice-president: "Given the gravity of the allegations contained in the note and the fact that many of them are from his personal knowledge and that a suicide note is treated like a dying declaration, this matter needs to be seriously investigated by a credible investigation team. However, since it also involves the CJI and another sitting judge of the Supreme Court, to protect the independence of the judiciary , it should not be investigated by an investigative body controlled by the government."
Former CM's wife was accompanied by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, his Swaraj Abhiyan colleagur Yogendra Yadav, activist Harsh Mander and RTI campaigner Anjali Bhardwaj.
Noting the independence of judiciary, Dangwimsai's memorandum also said: "It was to protect the independence of the judiciary that the SC in Veeraswami's case said that any allegations against the sitting judges of the higher judiciary can only be investigated by an investigating authority after obtaining the prior permission of the Chief Justice of India." It further said, "The judgment says that in case there are allegations against the Chief Justice, the President will consult other judges. This, in terms of the spirit of the judgment, would mean the judges next in seniority ."